Rosie's Trust

People and Communities

Rosie's Trust

We are here to help and want to talk to you about your ideas to support communities through these difficult times.

Our priority is to keep money flowing to support communities that are having to adapt to the increasing challenges of COVID-19 in Northern Ireland.

Contact us if you have an idea on 028 4378 0003 or at enquiries.ni@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk

We still want to fund projects who:

  1. help people make changes to improve their lives
  2. help communities build on their strengths and share things they’ve learned.

And good applications will be People Led, Strengths Based and Connected.

By COVID-19 challenges we mean:

  • organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19
  • organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of measures to prevent the result of COVID-19
  • organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19.

If you have already submitted an application and are awaiting a decision from us, but you know that your highlighted activities will be impacted by COVID-19 please contact us.

Area
Northern Ireland
Funding size
£10001 to £500000
Total available
£57 million
Application deadline

Ongoing

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You can now tell us about your ideas online

Our new online form makes it easier for you to tell us about your funding proposals.

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It's worth noting this isn't an application form, this is a way for you to tell us your idea. We can send you an application form after we've talked to you.

If you don’t want to use our new online form
Don't worry, you can still contact us by email, phone, or face-to-face, any time. The online form is just an extra way to get in touch.

If you have any communication needs
You can contact us if you have any communication support needs that make completing a form difficult or impossible for you. We’re happy to talk about alternative ways for you to tell us about your funding proposal.

If your project is for people between 8 and 25
If your project’s for young people, you’d be better applying for our Empowering Young People programme.

Here’s what happens after you tell us about your funding proposal:

  • We'll email you to let you know we got your proposal.
  • Then we'll get in touch to talk about your proposal within 15 working days.
  • We’ll give you some feedback and let you know if we think you should fill out an application or not. If we ask you to apply, we'll send you an application form.
  • If we do ask you to fill in an application, you’ll normally get a final decision about whether we’re going to fund you or not within four months.

Here’s what happens if we ask you to fill in an application:

1. You'll fill in the application
You’ll fill it in and send it back to us.

2. We'll let you know we got it
We’ll send you an email, or letter, to let you know we got your application. And to tell you the name of your funding officer.

3. You'll get a funding officer
Your funding officer will get in touch to ask some questions about your project. They’ll also arrange a face to face assessment visit with you.

4. You'll meet your funding officer
You'll l have the face to face assessment visit with your funding officer. They’ll want to know how your project fits with this funding programme, as well as the difference you’re looking to make, and how you’ll run the project.

5. Your funding officer will write a report
After the visit, your funding officer will write up an assessment report. They might get in touch with you again to ask some questions before they write their report. The report will assess:

  • how you plan to run the project and how much it will cost
  • how well your project fits with what this funding programme is asking for
  • if your organisation has the skills, experience and resources it needs to run the project.

6. We'll decide to fund you or not
Your funding officer will take your application to a decision meeting. As a group, we decide which projects get funding. This group will be made up of staff, or NI committee members. There are always lots of good applications, and we only have a certain amount of funding to give away. So making final funding decisions can be tough. It’s a competitive process.

7. Your funding officer will let you know
If we decide to give you funding, your funding officer will let you know. They'll talk about next steps too. If we decide not to fund your project, your funding officer will get in touch with feedback (in case you want to apply again in future).

Here’s what happens after we give you the funding

Once you’ve been awarded over £10,000 of funding from us, here’s what to expect. This page will also let you know about the things you need to do too.

The projects we fund

The projects we fund

As part of our COVID-19 response we will particularly seek to support:

  • Organisations supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19
  • Organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges as a direct result of measures to prevent the result of COVID-19
  • Organisations with high potential to support communities with the direct and indirect impact of Covid-19

We will support organisations who fit these priorities with funding for activities specifically geared to supporting communities through this crisis.

We fund projects that work to make positive changes in their community – whether that’s a community living in the same area, or people with similar interests or life experiences.

We're looking for projects that:

  1. help people make changes to improve their lives
  2. help communities build on their strengths and share things they’ve learned.

A good application should be:

People-led

We believe that people understand what's needed in their communities better than anyone. So it’s important to us that you involve your community in the design, development and delivery of the activities you’re planning.

You might want to ask yourself:

  • Have I spoken to the people in my community?
  • Have the people in my community told me what they need and what’s important to them?
  • Have I listened to them and used what they’ve said to create my project?

This short video explains it well. It might be helpful when you’re putting your application together.

Strengths-based

We’d like to support people and communities to build on the knowledge, skills and experience they already have, to make the changes they want.

You might want to ask yourself:

  • What’s already working in my community?
  • How will my project add to these positive things that are already working?
  • How will my project make the most of any resources that are already helping my community?

Connected

We want to know that you’ve a good understanding of other activities and services in your community. We’d like to see how you’ll compliment these. So you can add value to what’s already there.

You might want to ask yourself:

  • Have I spoken to other groups in the area that are doing something similar to my project?
  • Have I thought about how we can all help each other?


Extra guidance that might be useful

Land and Buildings guidance (PDF 3MB)

We do checks on the information you give us

As an organisation that gives out public funds, we carry out some checks on the information you give to us. Learn more about our checks.

What you can spend the money on

What can you spend the money on?

This list doesn't include everything. So, if you're not sure, contact us

We can fund:

  • staff salaries
  • training
  • volunteer expenses
  • equipment
  • premises costs
  • evaluation
  • overheads.

We can’t fund:

  • any activities or items you spend money on before we give you a final decision about your application
  • activities outside of the UK
  • fundraising activities
  • second-hand vehicles.

For COVID-19 related ideas, we encourage you to think about any costs needed to help you and your community through the current crisis. As well as the costs to deliver your activity, this might include:

  • contribution to overheads, investment in your systems, people and infrastructure, dedicated capacity development